- Audio CD (June 11 1991)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Elektra Entertain.
- Run Time: 45.00 minutes
- ASIN: B000002H8X
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record | Mini-Disc
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
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Unforgettable With Love
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Her incredibly popular album featuring songs made famous by her father Nat King Cole, and that famous duet!
Four years after her return to recording after a much-publicised battle with drug addiction, Natalie Cole found herself unexpectedly experiencing a virtual reinvention as a bestselling artist and performer, thanks to a project she had longed to do for many years. Unforgettable with Love was the soulful singer's way of paying tribute to her late, legendary father, Nat "King" Cole, and marked her label debut for Elektra Records. Cole, Elektra and the album's producers--including then-husband André Fischer and Tommy LiPuma--were rewarded with a multiple-Grammy-winning set that sold an astonishing five million copies in the US alone. Cole's selections varied from obvious choices like "Mona Lisa", "Nature Boy", "Route 66" and "Straighten Up and Fly Right"--all major hits for her father in the 1950s--to more obscure parts of King Cole's repertoire, such as "Avalon" and "Non Dimenticar". The crowning glory was a "duet" with her father, electronically created using his original vocal, which helped expand Cole's audience dramatically and took her career to a new plateau. --David Nathan
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The song selection is impeccable -- every song so closely identified with Nat "King" Cole during his reign as one of the best singers to ever grace the music world in the 20th century. But what makes these songs special and "Unforgettable" is Natalie Cole's warm, sensual, yet faithful renditions made famous by her dad.
Legend has it that Natalie was first approached to record these songs almost 20 years earlier when she was still not even quite out of college. Apparently music producers and record companies wanted to "Cash In" on the notoriety of the relationship between the Cole family and these songs. But Natalie resisted because she wanted to carve out her own musical identity and distance herself from her dad's legacy. Story goes Natalie was approached time and time again by different producers over the years, but she continued to resist until her mom, Maria, finally encouraged her to just do it. But I think Natalie's own personal experiences with drugs and substance abuse also played a part. Emotionally she wasn't ready until the time was right.
1991 was finally the right time and her producers -- Andre Fischer (former ex), David Foster and Tommy LiPuma -- do a great job bringing in the beautiful lush orchestra to backup Natalie, who certainly doesn't disappoint. She was right in waiting out until the time was right to record these songs. Her painful years battling drugs only add to the nuance and subtlety of her interpretations. She has NEVER sounded better. She doesn't strain for any high notes, yet she hits every single note with ease and doesn't overpower the music, but lets the music speak for itself. Her renditions are right up there alongside the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Sarah Vaughan.
Personal favorites from this immaculate CD are: "That Sunday, That Summer" "Orange Color Sky" "Lush Life" "Very Thought of You" the very moving "Smile" and of course the "duet" with her dad on "Unforgettable". Natalie notes with pride in the CD jacket that "Smile" was written especially for her dad by the one and only Charlie Chaplin.
Thanks for making an "Unforgettable" CD, Natalie. Even 13 years after you recorded these songs, they're still timeless. And they always will be.
This CD may stand out as the cherry on top of a delicious cake. It is your Finest Hour as an Artist.
Their voices together introduce a haunting, but entertaining and certainly unforgettable final product. This is simply beautiful and every song on the CD is enchanting! Unforgettable (Duet with Nat "King" Cole) (2000 Digital Remaster)
If only for the compilation of titles attempted on this disc, it would be pretty impressive. Cole covers tracks spanning her father's entire career, from early trio works (1944's "Paper Moon" and 1946's "Route 66" through 1964's "L-O-V-E" and "Our Love is Here to Stay"). She steers clear of some of her dad's later pop hits (e.g., "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy, Wavy Gravy Days of Summer"), but does cover giants such as "Mona Lisa" (in a really nice jazz-guitar accompanied arrangement with strings that glide in and out).
Although I'm more partial to Nat "King" Cole's earlier trio work (and the reunion LP "After Midnight"), I find myself gravitating more to the covers of his later, ballad work. Perhaps that's because I find daughter Natalie a bit more convincing in this context, as a crooner, than I do as a 40's R & B vocalist. The aforementioned cover of "Mona Lisa", in particular, is quite nice. (Unfortunately, no matter what anyone does with the song "Smile", I'm still going to think of the Jerry Lewis telethon every time I hear it!) The "duet" between dad and daughter on "Unforgettable" is more interesting than I imagined. At points it sounds like Natalie singing along with her dad's record, but at other points it sounds like a real duet. Some of the more upbeat covers ("Route 66" "L-O-V-E") come off a little coy to me, though the cover of Cole's signature tune "Straighten Up and Fly Right" is, although a bit shrill, pretty swingin'.
Musically, the backgrounds range from small jazz combos (with the likes of Ray Brown on bass) to big full-blown band arrangements (courtesy of a number of different arrangers including Michel Legrand, Ray Brown, Johnny Mandel, and others). Most of it is pretty nondescript, and some of the band arrangements sound like they were lifted from Las Vegas showrooms.
After a couple of listens I'm still less impressed by the music in the
groove than I'd hoped to be. It's an ambitious task to cover another artist's work, and I think Natalie Cole is only partly successful in doing so. The main problem for my ears is that while Nat "King" Cole was essentially a jazz/r&b musician approaching pop tunes, daughter Natalie is more of a pop vocalist approaching jazz/r&b tunes. I think the former approach pays more dividends than the latter, or, at least, the former made enough of an impression that the latter doesn't have the room to make it's own.
There's certainly nothing on this disc that's embarrassing, it's just that many of the tracks are only passable, and with the originals available elsewhere in reissue, there's not a whole lot of reason to listen to these versions. Probably a good buy for Natalie Cole fans, but others are probably better directed to the Keynote reissue of "The Keynoters with Nat King Cole", the Nat King Cole Trio's "Jumpin at Capitol", or the reunion disc, "After Midnight."
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